Have you spotted large rodents with long, black tails scurrying around your property recently? If you haven’t seen the critters themselves, you may have noticed their droppings and tracks on the rafters in your attic. You may have even heard them on the roof above you at night. If any of these scenarios sound familiar, you might be one of the many residents of Las Vegas whose homes have been infiltrated by roof rats.
In recent years, roof rats have become increasingly common pests for homeowners and exterminators in southern Nevada. These rats aren’t native to Nevada, and it’s believed they were accidentally imported to the region on palm trees. Since then, roof rats have carved out a unique niche for themselves in the desert landscapes of Nevada, thanks in part to human efforts to alter the local ecosystem with non-native vegetation.
The roof rats in our area have not tested positive for diseases in the past, but they can still be a serious nuisance for homeowners. These rats reproduce quickly—a single rat can have as many as 48 pups in a year—and they have a tendency to chew through wiring and insulation as they build their nests in attics and walls.
If you’ve noticed signs of a roof rat problem in your home, it’s important to take action before they do serious damage. At Delcon, we can investigate source of the infestation, develop a strategy to get rid of the rats and take steps to ensure they don’t infiltrate your home again in the future. Give us a call today or contact us online to get started.